Spring Collages

March 23rd, 2011

On Monday we went for a walk around Gullane and the school looking for signs of Spring.  We took photographs of what we found.  Today we talked about the colours we saw and made spring colour collages.

Working with clay

March 23rd, 2011

We have been learning how to work with clay to create some 3D art.  Our first lesson focused on making round tiles and pressing patterns into them.  We added petals and painted them to create flower tiles.  Our second lesson was about creating square and rectangular tiles which we then added texture to, to create tiles that looked like the fields around our school.  We mixed yellow and blue to make green and painted them.


March 23rd, 2011

We have been learning about plants and how they grow.  We have been watching different seeds and beans and recording changes we see.  We have used Kidpix to draw flowers.


February 7th, 2011

We have been finding out about toys.  We brought in our favourite toys and took photos of them, and have been investigating what makes them go, and sorting them into different categories.  We also drew detailed pictures of them.

Onion’s Jacket Challenge

December 17th, 2010

Onion came to visit us in Primary 1 after being away in the forest helping the animals get ready for winter.  He had a bit of a problem!  Now that it is so dark at night, he and his friend Sage are having problems seeing each other in the forest – even with their torches on – because their clothes are the colours of the forest.  Onion asked the children to design a jacket for either Sage or himself that would help them to see each other more easily.  Rat (Onion’s good chum) had found some reflective materials which we thought would be a good idea to put into our designs.  Onion wanted a jacket that was bright, and that had some reflective strips on it.  He also asked for a badge.  The children started their designs, concentrating on creating as much detail as they could.  They were then asked to work with a partner and look at each of their designs and come up with something they thought was a really good idea from each.  The children were then asked to merge their ideas together into one brand new design for Sage or Onion.  Once they were happy with their final design, the children had to collect their own resources from the resource table.  They poured their own paints, cut their own reflective strips and collected water to clean their brushes.  At the end of the activity we talked about our final designs and discussed ideas which were good, and things we might do differently next time.  Onion was really pleased with the children’s ideas, and looks great in the jackets designed for him.  Sage also loves her new jackets and will be popping into school soon to see the boys and girls to say thank you in person!

Here are the final designs, modelled by Onion, and Sage;

Snow Days

November 30th, 2010

Hope you are having fun, and not getting too bored!  Here are some ideas if you are running out.

  • Go over Jolly Phonics sounds (can you think of some snowy words for some of the sounds?  Make a snow day alphabet)
  • Play in the snow (make a snow animal, snow art, write in the snow, gather twigs and make a snow shelter, build an igloo(!), make snow angels, catch snowflakes, take a snowball indoors and observe it over time, put some water outside to see if you can get it to freeze – in a plastic cup, try shallow/deep experiment!)
  • Make hot chocolate (count out spoonfuls, mix with milk, think of some special extras like marshmallows, sprinkles, choc buttons)
  • Cook a special meal/make biscuits (involve children in collecting ingredients, talk about where they have come from, measuring out, mixing)
  • Eat in the dining room and/or with fancy dishes (sort cutlery/dishes, lay the table, make name cards/place mats)
  • Order in dinner (reading menus, talk about healthy options, make payment)
  • Watch a favourite movie (discuss afterwards why it’s a favourite, draw pictures for the beginning/middle/end, create a book of the movie, act out favourite scene)
  • Play a family game (encourage turn taking)
  • Check on/visit with neighbours (do they need something from the shops, help clearing a drive/steps)

Hope to see you all back at school really soon.

Truman and I have been out enjoying the snow in the local park.  He likes chasing snow balls!  Mr D.

Picture Perfect!

September 30th, 2010

In art we have been thinking about lines and how to control them.  We talked about portraits and how to draw a face.  We then very carefully drew faces.  Here are some examples of our work.